• Police investigating report of a man grabbing a child in Braintree


    BRAINTREE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Police in Braintree are investigating a reported attempted abduction in the area of Liberty Street and Wildwood Avenue.

    A 13-year-old boy told investigators that he got off his school bus near the intersection at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday when a van pulled up beside him.

    The van stayed alongside him as he walked. The man driving rolled down the window and told the boy to "get in the car." When the boy refused, the man reportedly pulled ahead of him and jumped the curb to cut him off before opening the passenger door and grabbing his wrist. The boy broke free of the man's grip and ran home without looking back.

    The driver is described as a white man, with short red hair, sideburns, and stubble, between 30 and 40 years old, wearing jeans and a dark blue polo shirt. The child added that the rear windows on the man's van appeared to be tinted. He also believed the van may be a Toyota Sienna.

    Investigators believe this incident is not related to a recent attempted abduction in Whitman.

    Braintree Police have stepped up patrols near elementary middle schools. They remind parents to talk to their children about what to do in similar situations.

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